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Jan 29, 2024 5:45:00 AM

10 Powerful Bible Verses About Love and Marriage

The Bible shares the greatest love story of all time: The love that God has for His people and how He sacrificed His one and only son so we could have eternal salvation. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Bible is packed with verses about love.

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Here are some of the most powerful Bible verses about love, just in time for Valentine’s Day. But these verses about love transcend romantic love and can be applied to all areas of our lives.

Bible Verses About Love

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

The discussion about love in 1 Corinthians is a well-known fixture at many weddings. This Bible verse about love reminds us that love requires kindness and selflessness. Keep this verse in mind the next time you get into a disagreement with someone you love.

In "A Harvest Homecoming," Drew and Lanie are in a relationship where both of them push the other to be their best selves. Drew protects Lanie and cares for her son like he was his own. Lanie, who has been slow to trust in the past, feels safe and protected with Drew. Their love shows that despite having experienced heartache in the past, you can still learn to love again. Watch "A Harvest Homecoming" starring Trevor Donovan now streaming on Great American Pure Flix.

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Romans 13:8 (NIV)

"Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law."

When we think about love, we might think about feel-good moments. And that's great, but the Bible also describes love as the most essential element of fulfilling God's law. Through Bible verses about love, Jesus calls us to love God and love others. This might be hard to love all of our brothers and sisters, but scriptures about love tell us that we must do so to model Christ to others. Love is something that must persist, as the scriptures tell us.

In "Stepping into Love," Clare isn't entirely thrilled to work with avant garde artist, Devan Cole. While her resistance is evident at the beginning, as Devan continues to try and break down the tension between them, Clare softens. Devan's persistance in extending an olive branch to Clare leads to them working better than ever before.

Proverbs 3:3-4 (NIV)

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”

This Bible verse about love from Proverbs calls us to hold these values closely and to honor them daily. Faithfulness is about trust and loyalty - not only to God but to those we love on earth. Without trust and loyalty, love is empty and fleeting. That’s not the kind of love that God calls us to.

Though Ivy is a romance novel editor in "Romantic Rewrite," she personally doesn't believe she'll find the type of love she reads about in her client's novels. She helps a mystery writer incorporate romance into his novels, in exchange for him standing in as her date to her sister's wedding (to avoid her family's intrusive questions). But will she learn to trust and fall for her faux date? Find out by watching "Romantic Rewrite" only on Great American Pure Flix.

1 John 4:19 (NIV)

“We love because he first loved us.”

At the basis of all things, we love because God loves us. His love is unconditional and enduring and will never fail. Remember this powerful Bible verse about love the next time you are tested or unsure.

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In "A Thousand Tomorrows," there's no doubting the love Cody has for Ali and the changes he makes within himself to be with her. When Ali's life-long sickness relaspes, Cody vows to never leav her side. He continues to love her unconditionally and faithfully until the end. Stream the entire first season of "A Thousand Tomorrows" exclusively on Great American Pure Flix.


Ephesians 5:28 (NIV)

“Husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.”

Husbands and wives are called to treat one another with love and respect. Ephesians 5:28 implores husbands to treat wives with a truly deep and profound love. It's one of the best Bible verses about love and marriage.

Drew's parents in "A Harvest Homecoming" are a wonderful testimony of a married couple who have been together for years and understand what it is to be husband and wife. They treat each other with love and respect, never undermining each other or dismissing each other's feelings. Their relationship is something we can all use as an example of the Bible verse about love, Ephesians 5:28 (NIV), being lived out.

Mark 10:9 (NIV)

“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Mark 10:9 offers a powerful message about marriage: it is God-ordained and one of the most powerful relationships imaginable. This Bible verse about love speaks to this importance, by calling on every human being to respect marriage vows.

In "Birthright Outlaw" Reverend Jeremiah and Martha Rose have been together for over 10 years. Jeremiah accepted and loved Martha Rose just as she was - including her newborn daughter. When Jeremiah learns about Martha Rose's troubled past, instead of leaving her, Jeremiah forgives her and continues to fight for their marriage. He knows that God is the one that brought them together, for better or worse.

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Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NIV)

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”

The book of Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon - a faithful man who lost his way and dishonored God through the choices he made. This book is full of Solomon’s observations about life - to include the powerful realization that “two are better than one.” For Solomon, and us, the takeaway is clear: We need fellowship, partnerships and encouragement from other believers on earth to remain faithful to God and to one another.cody-and-ali-a-thousand-tomorrows

Colossians 3:13-14 (NIV)

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

Bible verses about love and marriage remind us of the importance of forgiveness — something much needed in friendship and matrimony.

This powerful Bible verse about love and marriage is illustrated in the Original movie, "Birthright Outlaw." Once Jeremiah learns of his wife's troubled past, after many years of marriage, he decides to forgive her, just as the Lord has forgiven Martha Rose of her sins. He continues to carry out an example of God's love in his marriage, as Colossians 3:13-14 (NIV) talks about.

Mark 11:25 (NIV)

“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

This powerful Bible verse about love and forgiveness reminds us that we cannot receive forgiveness until we have forgiven others. Jesus loved and forgave the very people who wrongly judged Him and sentenced Him to be strung on the cross. One of His last acts on earth was to forgive and if we are to be like Jesus, we must also forgive.

Romans 3:23 (NIV)

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

The truth is that we all fall short of the impossible goal of being like Jesus. We are all sinners but we are all worthy of love and forgiveness. This Bible verse about love reminds us to be gracious and humble and to remember that we too are only human.

We hope you enjoyed this list of Bible verses about love and marriage. Be sure to check out our Christian Romance Movie Guide for more wonderful titles you can stream right now with a free trial to Great American Pure Flix.


Billy Hallowell

Billy Hallowell has been working in journalism and media for more than a decade. His writings have appeared in Deseret News, TheBlaze, Human Events, Mediaite and on, among other outlets. Hallowell has a B.A. in journalism and broadcasting from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York and an M.S. in social research from Hunter College in Manhattan, New York.